Winter Session of Parliament from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Winter Session of Parliament to be held from 15 December

Winter session of parliament to begin from 15 Dec

The session will end on January 5.

"We request and seek cooperation from all parties, including the Opposition, for smooth functioning of both Houses to make this session fruitful", said the parliamentary affairs minister.

"We wish to point out that in 2012, the assembly elections for Gujarat were held on December 13 and 17 but the Parliament session as per practice was duly convened on November 22 and was adjourned only on December 20", the letter quoted them as saying.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had also commented that the Winter Session schedule would be such that it would not overlap with the assembly elections, and it would be a "regular" session.

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Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar had on Tuesday rejected the Congress's allegations of "delay", citing precedents of the winter session held in December in 2008 and 2013 during UPA-II rule.

The opposition had earlier alleged that the government was delaying the session on objective to avoid a debate on "scams", including the Rafale deal, during the Gujarat polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is being targeted by the Opposition for not declaring the dates of the winter session of the Parliament. "Even the winter session has been deferred, altered and broken into parts", Jaitley said. While the introduction of a bill to ban triple talaq is high on its priority list, it is also keen to push the Labour Code, the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill and several other pending legislations. The Congress, which has described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a hasty step, is expected to come out hard at the BJP government over the issue.

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